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Mar 19, 2007    #019
Contact: Nick Barron
816-235-5251

Cohen to develop cardiovascular research program

David Cohen, M.D., M.Sc., professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine, has accepted an appointment as the Missouri Endowed Chair in cardiovascular clinical research at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, part of Saint Luke’s Health System.

In this role, Cohen’s primary responsibility will be to establish, build and direct a program of excellence in cardiovascular research based at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute. In this capacity, Dr. Cohen will continue to expand his program in cardiovascular outcomes research and technology assessment, originally established at Harvard University. In addition, Dr. Cohen and other MAHI faculty will play a major role in mentoring junior faculty in cardiovascular and health services research.

“Dr. Cohen’s experience and ability will serve both UMKC and Saint Luke’s well, and I look forward to working with him to advance cardiovascular research programs,” Betty Drees, M.D., dean of the medical school, said.

Cohen is the director of cardiovascular research for the Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, a position he has held since August 2006. Prior to coming to Kansas City, he served as director of the Economics and Quality of Life Research Group at the Harvard Clinical Research Institute.

The UMKC School of Medicine offers a combined baccalaureate/doctor of medicine degree program that admits students out of high school. The program provides students with early and ongoing clinical experience through teams of students, physicians and other health-care providers. The UMKC School of Medicine also offers residency training in 15 specialties and 19 subspecialty residency programs. The school partners with Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, Truman Medical Centers, Western Missouri Mental Health Center and the Kansas City VA Hospital. For more information on the UMKC School of Medicine, visit http://www.umkc.edu/medicine.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban affairs.

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